Vinyasa 1-3 (North)

The word Vinyasa means the connection of breath to movement. Thus in Vinyasa yoga all movements are synchronized with the breath, creating a practice that is both dynamic and flowing. The asanas, or postures, are derived from the Ashtanga system. The difference between the two styles is that in Ashtanga yoga one performs the same asanas in the same sequence every time, while in Vinyasa yoga one has more freedom to improvise sequences of asanas. The basic components of a vinyasa class will be present – warm up, sun salutations, standing poses, inversions, back bends, forward folds, and a well-deserved savasana.

This is a moderate to fast-paced class combining vinyasa flow with high intensity movement and music, and will provide you with a rigorous practice if you chose to find the fullest expression of each pose. Perfect for men and women seeking a challenging and invigorating workout, excellent cross training for strength, endurance and flexibility. This is an ALL levels class so students will often be offered the opportunity to stay in a modified version of the pose and to work where they are. There will always be modifications offered as well as more advanced poses. PLEASE feel free to attend and just listen to your body!

Temperature: Very Warm
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Class Timetable

  Open Time Close Time Trainer Address
Monday 8:30 am 9:45 am Katie Schweiss 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida 33037
Wednesday 8:30 am 9:45 am Kathy Shirley 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida 33037
Friday 8:30 am 9:45 am Kathy Shirley 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Saturday 10:00 am 11:00 am Damian Groark 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida 33037
Monday
8:30 am - 9:45 am - with Katie Schweiss - at 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida 33037
Wednesday
8:30 am - 9:45 am - with Kathy Shirley - at 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida 33037
Friday
8:30 am - 9:45 am - with Kathy Shirley - at 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:00 am - with Damian Groark - at 99198 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Florida 33037

I began practicing yoga at home 17 years ago and loved it, but never really committed to a full on practice. When I attended my first real yoga class with Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois 9 years ago, I fell in love with this ancient practice. A year later, I traveled to Costa Rica to complete my 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training and am currently registered with the Yoga Alliance. In the spring of 2014, I traveled to Rishikesh, India for a 6 week intensive training in Hatha Yoga to complete my 500 YTT. The last 8 years, I have been teaching yoga and sharing my passion for this transformative practice. Like many yogis, I had longed for me connection to my spiritual side and yoga has helped me find that missing link. After teaching for 5 years, I decided it was time to take a leap of faith and open the North Studio in May. I just had to share this journey with as many people as possible! Later in November of 2014 we opened the South location to continue to grow the yoga community and spread the love of yoga. I hope this journey finds each and every one of you! My philosophy on yoga or what it means to me to act from a state of yoga is very simple. I have two famous texts that I read from daily, The Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. These two ancient texts have transformed my way of thinking and being. Two quotes from the Gita play a vital role in my daily living. The Gita states, yoga is "skillfulness in action" and "Yoga is equanimity and equilibrium". These quotes show me my capacity as a yogi to be able to act skillfully to produce positive results in all aspects of my life, on and off the mat. When I am faced with life's challenge that bring up fears, my ego and limitations of my mind, I am better able to remain in a calm state and approach the situation with evenness. I am not always successful, but I work on this daily and remind myself of these quotes when I am feeling out of balance or am faced with challenges that are difficult to face. Then Patanjali says that "Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind". Ahhh, he clearly states that the practice of "yoga" is the ability to still the mind and release the ego. If only it were that easy to allow the monkey mind to quiet and live in the moment every single day. This is why I practice. My daily sadhana on and off my yoga mat is how I experience my world. I realize that my practice fluctuates and changes but my commitment to my practice never wanes and it brings me closer to freedom one baby step at a time!

Katie Schweiss was born and raised in Key Largo and is proud to call this paradise her home. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2008 with a bachelors degree in English Literature and a minor in Education. Katie has been passionately practicing yoga since 2013. She is constantly inspired by the growth in strength, flexibility and determination that yoga brings to her on and off of the mat. Katie jumped at the opportunity to take a 200 hour yoga teacher training course with Kathy Shirley and graduated in May 2015. This training has been life changing for her and she is incredibly grateful for the knowledge she has gained and the friends she has made. Outside of yoga, Katie loves to enjoy the water, read, travel and laugh. She is excited to continue her journey with Key Largo Yoga and to continue to learn and grow!

I was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia.  I grew up playing organized sports from 5 years old all the way through college.  I attended Widener University and graduated with a BS in Hospitality Management.  After college I worked my way up the ranks running the premium service departments at the arena that hosted Philadelphia's professional basketball and hockey teams.  In October of 2003 I was given an opportunity to work and live in the keys and enjoy the "island" lifestyle, saying good bye to the cold, grey, rainy Philly winters, and have not looked back since.  I was first introduced to yoga around 2011 when I attended several Ashtanga classes at the Pattabhi Jois studio in Islamorada.  I officially got the yoga bug in May of 2013 when Kathy opened Key Largo Yoga.  I initially enjoyed the physical practice of yoga, building strength and flexibility and losing weight, however this quickly evolved into seeking out the mental and spiritual aspects of yoga.  After four years of consistent daily practice and several workshops I finally decided to take the next step in my journey and signed up for 200 hour yoga teacher training in October of 2016 and graduated in April of 2017.